All major league ballparks will have extended netting for the 2018 season, with the new safety measure in place by Opening Day, it was announced Thursday.
"Providing baseball fans with a variety of seating options when they come to the ballpark, including seats behind protective netting, is important," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "Major league clubs are constantly evaluating the coverage and design of their ballpark netting and I am pleased that they are providing fans an increased inventory of protected seats."
Calls for more teams to add protective netting increased last Sept. 20, when a one-year old girl was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Todd Frazier at Yankee Stadium. The girl suffered fractures of her orbital bone and nose as well as bleeding on her brain.
The Mets were one of the first teams to add extended protective netting, installing netting that went beyond both ends of each dugout last July.